Three Cheers for Serendipity

When Dianne Greenough began teaching at a struggling high school in the late 1970s, she had no idea she’d end up launching Edmonton’s cheerleading scene

In an industrial enclave of West Edmonton, behind a rather ho-hum beige façade, lies 15,000 sq feet of cheerleading paradise: Perfect Storm Athletics. To the uninitiated, the facility resembles a gymnastics school or possibly a large dance studio. But with a large trampoline, a 40-ft tumbling track, mirrors and ballet bars, it’s designed for a modern blend of the two sports: acrobatic (aka “All Star”) cheerleading.

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Tony Hesby: B.Ed. fuels career in business

For those looking for proof that completing a B.Ed. degree can propel your career prospects into the stratosphere, there is no better story to hear than Tony Hesby’s.

After graduating from the Faculty of Education in 1969, Hesby landed a teaching job with St. Albert Protestant School where he taught social studies and language arts. He loved being in the classroom and immediately sought out new ways to get his students involved with current affairs.

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A Postcard from Macau, China

by Vivian Lee

In the spring of 2012, four of us had the opportunity to travel to Macau, China for our APTs. We came from different backgrounds and interests, all with varying scores on the travel-savvy meter, and we weren’t quite sure what to expect. What we do know is that we ended up having an absolute BLAST.

Nevertheless, when asked to write a quick “postcard” about the experience, we kind of balked at the idea.

See, the thing is, writing a postcard is like being in a plane.

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Teaching in a Chinese Maple Leaf School

In the middle of her summer break, Sara Cochrane (BEd ’11) agreed to come in and talk to us about her experience teaching in a Chinese high school over the past year.

Like many of our alumni, Cochrane counts family influence as being a key contributor to her career choice. “My dad is a teacher. He gave me the inside line on what teaching is all about,” she says.

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The things we carry: A profile of Carla Peck and social justice in elementary education

By Vivian Lee

Rarely can any of us articulate that moment of our childhood when we first realized that someone – a classmate, a friend, or a stranger – was different from us.

For Dr. Carla Peck, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, however, that moment and her response to it has had a resounding impact on her life’s work.

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Indigenous Teaching Gardens Open

This past Monday, the Faculty of Education unveiled its new Indigenous Teaching Gardens at an opening ceremony attended by students, staff and the public. While the Indigenous flowers, shrubs and other plants are, in many cases, still just seeds in pots, there was a strong sense amongst those who were in attendance that germination of something special has already begun.

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A New School Year Begins

Dear Education Students,

We hope you had an excellent summer. September is upon us, and we’re back to the books! We’re looking forward to crunchy leaves, crisp textbook pages, and excessively large cups of coffee on early autumn mornings. We’re also excited to have the hallways and classrooms fill up again with the lively chatter of students and teachers.

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Nicole Pratt: Pandas Hockey Player

Nicole Pratt, a current player on the U of A Pandas hockey team graciously agreed to sit down with us recently and discuss her views on women’s hockey, the BEd program and her career aspirations.

Watch the video below by clicking on it.

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Less Than 1%

In the video below, Dr. Rebecca Sockbeson, assistant professor in Educational Policy Studies shares her story with us. She talks about how much she appreciated the assistance she received during her time as a student. She relates her own ethnic heritage and story into her research and ultimately into the current need to financially support Aboriginal students.

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